418 Citations Issued During Speed/Distracted Driving Awareness And Enforcement Campaign
The Washoe County Sheriff's Office says 418 citations were issued during this month's "Joining Forces - Speed/Distracted Driving" awareness and enforcement campaign.
From August 2nd through the 13th, 222 citations were for speeding violations and 14 were issued for cell phone use. Deputies say other violations included 43 for no insurance, 26 registration violations, 25 for issues related to driving without a valid driver's license, 14 equipment violations and four red light violations. Five citations were issued for seat belt violations and three were for improper installation of child seats. One arrest was made for DUI and two wanted fugitives from justice were arrested. Deputies say all other miscellaneous citations totaled 12 and 47 warnings were issued.
Deputies say the purpose of this campaign is to educate the driving public about distracted driving and speed laws. They're reminding people that it's never safe to speed or use a cell phone while driving.
"Drivers who fail to follow the posted speed limits are at risk of not being able to safely respond to their constantly changing surroundings, therefore, putting themselves and others at risk of serious bodily harm or death," said Washoe County Sheriff's Deputy Armando Avina. "The same goes for those distracted drivers who prioritize using their communication device rather than giving the roadway their full attention."
"Joining Forces" is a multi-jurisdictional law enforcement program that promotes statewide enforcement in the areas of DUI, distracted driving, seat belt, speed and pedestrian safety.
The campaign receives funding from the Nevada Department of Public Safety/Office of Traffic Safety.